Zolpidem is a sedative, also called a hypnotic is used to treat sleep problems (insomnia) in adults. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release tablets, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
Dosage Information for Zolpidem:
Zolpidem is available with two different brand names as Stillnoct and Ambien. These extended release tablets are available in 10mg and 12.5mg strength. Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once a night. Since Zolpidem works quickly, take it right before you get into bed. Do not take it with or after a meal because it will not work as quickly. Some side effects are likely to occur such as Difficulty in breathing, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, falling, fast heartbeat, skin rash, swelling of the face, trouble sleeping, unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability, and wheezing.
Do not take Zolpidem in following conditions-
- allergic reaction to active ingredient
- history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts
- history of drug abuse
- liver or kidney disorder
- pregnant or breast feeding
Majorly, sodium oxybate is likely to interact much with this medication. Other medications can affect the removal of Zolpidem from our body, which may affect how Zolpidem works including rifampin, and azole antifungals such asketoconazole.
- Avoid use of non-prescription medicines, vitamins, dietary and herbal supplements
- Avoid intake of alcohol and tobacco products